Takemitsu Zamurai : critique


Takemetsu Zamurai counts amongst one of the most beautiful and relaxing series that I’ve ever read, maybe it was the lazy setting of the edo period, maybe it was calm and relax attitude of the protagonist or maybe it was the talking animals. Reading this manga was a joyous experience.

The characters of this manga are simple yet eloquent and contain amazing depth. The interaction of one character with the environment or with another characters is very elegant, warm and natural specially the friendship of Senou and Kankichi in the beginning helps you in settling into the manga. The art, specially the human anatomy, might be considered mediocre by some, but I felt that it was surreal as it provided that folklore like feeling to the manga. It was like looking at some painting from edo period which is telling the story of Senou and his life. The battles were interestingly drawn and were easy to comprehend.Overall, this manga is a work of art, and I feel happy that I read it.

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou


“Today will be tomorrow’s yesterday”

The time is set in future where rising sea level has flooded most of the costal areas. The story of Alpha Hatseno, an Alpha 7 M2 series robot left by her owner at a countryside coffee shop, she acts fully like a human being running the coffee shop named ‘Cafe Alpha‘. The story surrounds as Alpha is getting in with behind the backdrop of a futuristic country-side Japan. The story begins with Alpha making a shopping trip to Yokohama. Marionette but yet like an elegant woman Alpha’s character is able to captivate the heart of most of the male readers. 

ykkAbout the manga in General, YKK is a ‘mono no aware’, a Japanese concept that awares us of the transience of things and describes beauty. The fragrance of the country side and it’s transcending charm, sober warmth of long scooter ride through desolate streets, a coffee shop in the country side with entertaining customers, the sober country people, scenes like the setting sun and mysterious essence of the ocean gives it a color blooming atmosphere evoking overwhelming feelings of nostalgia, reminding us how time is fleeting.
Ashinano is one of those few mangakas who can make you feel the warmth through his pages, the warmth as if a blurry reminiscence to those days when you were light headed and comfortably numb, those days you still long for, a nostalgia drive. Very much unlike the usual mangas where you find string of events with cliches and other elements to stew it up. This in fact exhibits more the traits of a country novel and short stories, with simple events and colloquial monologues. It is a piece that syncs with readers of all ages though only for people with a certain desire for this warmth. Most amusing part is the characters, how natural they are and able to blend through progressing events with just simple acts and that again captivates the readers, it’s as if the readers can relate them to their daily lives. To say it is as simple as amazing it is.

Recommending it to fans of series like : Wandering Emanon, Yotsubato

9.8/10

Reviewed by Rahul Ghosh

Witches


459197_10152222710603484_151208750_oGenres: Fantasy, Supernatural, Seinen

This small series of 7 chapters is a mixture of few stories that revolves around the concept of “witches” as you may have already guessed from the title itself.

The art is a pure eye candy which totally compliments the treatment of story telling.

“More must be explored by thyself for better understanding than to just listen and heed the words of a thousand men” – said by a great man

All in all, I’d say it’s a gem of a manga that doesn’t shy out to dive into philosophical, cultural and religious contexts and do proper justice with them.

A MUST read in my opinion. 😀

Originally article by Vishal Gaur

 

Break Blade


Plot

Rygart Arrow is one in a million – he is an ‘unsorcerer’, one of the few people completely lacking the ability to use the quartz stones used as an energy source for everything in this world.

This status has made him an outcast and an object of scorn, leaving him unable to work machinery, fire a gun, or even light a lamp without aid. His father had desperate hopes that sending him to a military academy might awaken some power in him after all, but no such miracle occured.
Rygart has since since become a farmer on the isolated outskirts of the Country of Krishna – but the friends he made while he was there, and the loyalty he has towards them, is about to change everything.

Two of them now sit on the country’s throne, and when they summon him to the capital he discovers just how sheltered his life has been – Krishna is in danger, war is about to break out, and the conditions for surrender put forward by their enemies are impossible to meet. An elite unit of enemy troops is already launching attacks on the capital – an elite unit led by their old friend Zess. Continue reading

Annarasumanara


Annarasumanara cover

[Reviewed by Srinivas Akundi]

When I first read the name, the first word that reflected in my mind was “Abracadabra”..maybe that is what it means in Korean…

Kindly note, my views usually contain spoilers, and are definitely not poised to form a review’s. They are more like what people discuss while coming out from movie theater.

Annarasumunara is what I see as a coming-of-age Korean drama which is depicted in a webcomic format. The author, lemme check, Ha-Il_won or Hailgwon, got this idea while returning from a circus. He used the magic as a motif for portraying passive , behind the surface , intuitive feelings which people seem to forget as their life becomes more rule based with time, money, prestige, pride and most importantly ..people, involved.

Imagine yourself taking the same route to your destination, lets say by Bus. One day you wish to travel by your own automobile, you will feel the travelling experience totally different , maybe you will remember for times that come. One of the many plot devices of Annarasumunara teaches you that.

With just 3 Volumes (27 Chapters) long, neither you would feel the pace being too fast, nor the plot being too small to enjoy. Ah-yee mesmerizes you by constantly breaking the fourth wall with her letters to her Mom (Us!) as she narrates her feelings silently in words (with a neat handwriting, the typesetter was good!) Continue reading

Must read ONE SHOT manga


[Note: Some names mentioned here might now have been fully serialized, but they did have a one shot.]

  • Half & Half
  • Cross Epoch
  • Romance Dawn 
  • 13
  • Bleach Short Story Edition
  • Beelzebub
  • Naruto Pilot
  • Lock On!
  • Afuganisu-tan
  • Koishite!? Kami-sama!!
  • Otter 11
  • Berserk Prototype
  • Futagami Double
  • Blust!
  • Nurarihyon no Mago
  • SWOT
  • SKET Dance
  • Akuma Bengoshi Kukabara
  • Bench
  • Bankara
  • Raiden-18
  • Stray Dog 8
  • Kintoki 5
  • Moon Walker LTD.
  • Hotel 
  • Hanshin 
  • Present 
  • Look Me in the Eyes When You Talk
  • Island 
  • One Piece x Toriko Continue reading

13 (Thirteen)


13 cover art

REVIEWED BY Haris Jadoon

13 (thirteen) is a oneshot shounen manga by Hideaki Sorachi , who is known for his work as the author of the manga, Gintama. This oneshot was serialized in Shueisha’s magazine Jump SQ.

Overall Rating = 8/10

Mondo Fujieda is in love with a girl named Izayo Gorugo. However, there’s a problem: she belongs to a family if assassins. He ends up humiliating her and upon this shame, she vows to kill him. Fortunately for him she moves away. Years later, she comes back to seek revenge, does he have any chance against an expert assassin?

A story full of crazy Sorachi style humor, combined with decent action, weird guys, and a strange but cool romance. Even though it is a One Shot, it manages to make the story interesting enough. Not much of a character development in it, but the two lead characters are quite interesting.

13 is a must read for all Sorachi/Gintama fans (since they’ll enjoy the traditional Sorachi style more) and even for those looking for a short comedy/action manga to read.